Bangladesh under-19s cruised to a six-wicket victory over their New Zealand counterparts in the first Youth ODI at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, New Zealand today.
The visitors bowled out the hosts, who had opted to bat, for 176 in 48 overs, with pacers Shoriful Islam and Mrittunjoy Chowdhury scalping three wickets each.
Shoriful conceded 44 in nine overs while Mrittunjoy gave away only 21 runs in his nine. Off-spinner Shamim Hossain took two wickets while Tanzim Hasan Sakib and Rakibul Hasan chipped in with a wicket each.
While there were quite a few middling scores in the New Zealand innings, none of their batters reached 50.
Bangladesh chased down the target with six wickets in hand and 68 balls to spare, thanks to an unbeaten 65 from skipper Akbar Ali. The wicketkeeper batsman smashed 11 boundaries in his 61-ball knock. Shahadat Hossain was not out on 24 while Tanzid (28), Mahmudul Hasan Joy (28) and Towhid Hridoy (26) made decent contributions.
The two sides will play the second of the five-match series at the same venue on Tuesday.